People with similar views tend to more closely mirror, or align with, each other’s speech patterns, a new study shows. Futhermore, people who are better at compromising align more closely. As social creatures, we tend to mimic each other’s posture, laughter, and other behaviors, including how we speak, explained study coauthor Florian Jaeger, of the… Read more

Children who stutter have difficulty perceiving a beat in music-like rhythms, researchers have found. The difficulty could account for their halting speech patterns. The findings have implications for treating stuttering, which affects 70 million people worldwide, co-author Devin McAuley, professor of psychology at Michigan State University, said: “Stuttering has primarily been interpreted as a speech… Read more

Every day we’re confronted with information that stimulates many of our senses at the same time, but we don’t perceive this information in its component parts. Rather, we perceive it as a whole without being conscious of doing so. But people with bipolar disorder struggle with this integration process, and this might make it hard… Read more

By Melissa Holt, Boston University Bullying, most of us probably know, can be a tremendously painful experience for a young person. Stories about teens like Phoebe Prince or Amanda Todd who killed themselves after experiencing bullying have driven this point home. All 50 states have some kind of anti-bullying law, and schools are increasingly being… Read more

What causes mothers and adult children to part ways? Iowa Stae University researchers wanted to find out. Results of their study suggest violations of societal norms, such as substance abuse, don’t cause the rift, but rather differences in core values. Lead author Megan Gilligan, assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State… Read more